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Namibia: Sands of Time

Group Tour

14 Days From £3,395

Overview

Namibia. A land full of incredible geological wonders, spectacular landscapes, diverse game and a whole host of unexplored regions is undoubtedly one of Southern Africa’s most enthralling destinations and perfect for a Wild Frontiers trip! 

Our trip focuses on the diversity of this impressive country that has barely changed for thousands of years. From the rolling red sand dunes of the Namib Desert to the boulder festooned grassy plains of Damaraland, we’ll be visiting ...

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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

13 x Breakfasts
12 x Lunches
11 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

Depending upon overall group size we will use either a 9-seat or a 12-seat safari style vehicle.  Please refer to the Supplementary Information section for more details.

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 11

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act for all bookings

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

ACCOMMODATION

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip.

On this trip we will use a combination of lodges, hotels, tented accommodation, camping in designated campsites with facilities, as well as one night’s wilderness camping. Please note that when staying at designated campsites and when wilderness camping, you will be expected to put up and take down your tents, due to the material required for the tents these can be quite heavy, however help will always be available if needed. If you wish to assist with the cooking and washing up it would be very much appreciated. Please refer to the Supplementary Information section for a description and pictures of the tents we may use on this tour.

Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Low / Moderate

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE/HIGH: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-4hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-5 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

VERY HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 5-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

Namibia: Sands of Time
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COLLAPSE ALL ITINERARY DAYS

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN WINDHOEK

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN WINDHOEK

Meeting at our hotel this afternoon there will be a chance to freshen up before heading out on an orientation tour around Windhoek. Tonight we’ll have an early dinner where we can talk about the big trip ahead of us.

Guesthouse Terra Africa or similar
Dinner

DAY 2: WINDHOEK – SESRIEM

DAY 2: WINDHOEK – SESRIEM

After an early breakfast we’ll take a scenic drive south to Sesriem, stopping for lunch en-route. As we progress the landscape changes dramatically from rolling hills to farmland, before reaching the arid, red sands of the Namib Desert. Arriving as the temperature is dropping we’ll have time to freshen up at the campsite before heading to Sesriem Canyon for an afternoon walk. Later we’ll return to camp for our first night dining under the stars.

Sesriem campsite with facilities or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: SESRIEM SOSSUSVLEI - SWAKOPMUND

DAY 3: SESRIEM SOSSUSVLEI - SWAKOPMUND

An early (!) start allows us to reach Sossusvlei in time for sunrise over the iconic dune field. After climbing the rolling red sand dunes and visiting Dead Vlei & Dune 45, we’ll have lunch and head north towards the coast and Swakopmund. This evening is free to explore this quirky German-influenced town where there’s a plethora of restaurants to choose from for tonight’s dinner at your own expense.

A La Mer or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: IN & AROUND SWAKOPMUND

DAY 4: IN & AROUND SWAKOPMUND

Located just 30km south of Swakopmund, Walvis bay is the only deep-water port in Namibia. Here we will take a wildlife cruise onto the lagoon to spot some of the creatures that thrive in the cold water. As well as an abundance of bird life we hope to spot whales and dolphins and we’ll pass close to the local seal colony. Be warned - the seals frequently jump up on board the boat so expect some close encounters! After a buffet lunch and the chance to sample the local seafood we’ll head back to dry land and return to Swakopmund. The afternoon/evening will be spent at your leisure, with the chance to visit one of the town’s museums, and dinner tonight will be at your own expense.

A La Mer or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: SWAKOPMUND – SKELETON COAST – BRANDBERG

DAY 5: SWAKOPMUND – SKELETON COAST – BRANDBERG

After breakfast we leave civilisation behind us...as we head north the landscape becomes bleaker and bleaker as we journey along the infamous ‘Skeleton Coast’ - and looking at this inhospitable coastline it soon becomes obvious how it got its name. In the afternoon we’ll continue north to Brandberg where we’ll walk to the famous rock art located around Brandberg mountain. From here we’ll head to our campsite for the night.

Brandberg White Lady campsite with facilities or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: BRANDBERG - PALMWAG CONCESSION (DAMARALAND)

DAY 6: BRANDBERG - PALMWAG CONCESSION (DAMARALAND)

This morning we may, with luck, see desert elephants as we head to the UNESCO world heritage site at Twyfelfontein. Here we’ll find one of the largest concentrations of Stone Age petroglyphs (rock engravings) anywhere in Africa, depicting various animals and hunting scenes. We’ll also stop to see the strange geological structure of the organ pipes before heading further north into the Palmwag Concession. This area is home to the unique desert adapted rhino, and en route to our camp we hope to spot this impressive animal and other wildlife who have adapted to the arid climate. Depending on local conditions we will set up our wilderness camp for the night, dine under the stars, and listen to the sounds of the African bush

Wilderness camping with no facilities
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: PALMWAG CONCESSION – OPUWO

DAY 7: PALMWAG CONCESSION – OPUWO

After a short drive in the concession in search of wildlife, we’ll head to Opuwo Country Lodge in the north of Namibia. Please note that today will involve a long drive on some rough roads but you’ll be rewarded with some breath-taking scenery. All being well we’ll arrive at our lodge in time for sundowners and a dinner cooked up by the lodge’s chef.

Opuwo Country Lodge or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: KAOKALAND - EPUPA FALLS

DAY 8: KAOKALAND - EPUPA FALLS

Our journey north continues as we head in to the Himba tribal lands seeing various Himba settlements en route. We should arrive at Epupa by the middle of the afternoon - the most northerly point on our trip and close to the Angolan border – where we’ll have time to freshen up before getting our first view of the mighty falls.

Epupa Camp (fixed tents) or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: AT EPUPA FALLS

DAY 9: AT EPUPA FALLS

Today we’ll have time to visit local Himba settlements and see more of the impressive waterfalls. There will also be free time to unwind and relax amongst this beautiful setting.

Epupa Camp (fixed tents) or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: EPUPA – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 10: EPUPA – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Today is a transit day as we travel south via Opuwo and onto Etosha National Park. Once in the park, and depending on time, we may take a game drive en route to our lodge to see what wildlife we can find. We should arrive at our lodge in time for sunset.

Dolomite Camp or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 11: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Today we enjoy a full day game viewing as we gradually make our way through the west of the National Park. This is an area where self-guided vehicles are not permitted, and as such is quieter, giving a good chance of spotting the more elusive game. Making our way east we’ll spend the night in the centre of the park where there is a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. Here we can watch a variety of wildlife as it congregates and interacts. In the early evenings it’s not uncommon to find black rhinoceros, elephant and lion all drinking at the same time!

Halali Camp or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 12: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Taking a second full day in Etosha we will explore the eastern side of the park and the Etosha salt pan. Because the region is so arid, the game congregates around the watering holes and we should have a chance of spotting 4 of the big 5, along with some of the 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species and 16 amphibian species which are resident within the park.

Halali Camp or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – OKAHANDJA

DAY 13: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – OKAHANDJA

Awaking early we will take the opportunity to have one final game drive within the park. From here we’ll drive south to Okahandja Lodge, just outside of Okahandja, where we will spend our last night in Namibia and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Okahandja Lodge or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: OKAHANDJA - WINDHOEK AIRPORT (TOUR ENDS)

DAY 14: OKAHANDJA - WINDHOEK AIRPORT (TOUR ENDS)

After breakfast we will drive back to Windhoek Airport, where the tour ends.

Breakfast

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to itineraries and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit. For more information, please see our responsible travel page.

Himba Tribe Village Visit

The less-trodden northern region of Namibia, close to the Angolan border, is home to Himba tribal land and settlements. In an effort to extend the benefits of tourism to all communities of the country, including those in remote areas, we take the group up to this wild and wonderful region to meet members of the Himba. We insist on hiring a local Himba guide during our visit, and clients will enjoy an informal Q&A with our guide over tea, providing not only the opportunity for us to learn about their rich culture and customs but also providing an income for members of the community. Stopping in town we will pick up useful supplies, such as maize meal, tea, sugar, coffee, cooking oil and yeast, before heading into one of the rural Himba villages to offer these gifts up in exchange for a mutually beneficial interaction and introduction to everyday life in this part of the country. At Wild Frontiers we believe that meaningful engagement and payment in kind is far more beneficial than tipping for a touristy tribal tour, and imprints a more positive memory for all.

Supplementary Information

Camping

When staying at campsites (with facilities) and when wilderness camping (no facilities), we plan on using 2-person dome tents. Please note you will be expected to put up and take down your own tent, please note that due to the material of the tents these can be quite heavy, though help is always available if needed. Sleeping mats and sleeping bags are provided but if you want a pillow you will need to bring one with you.

The Vehicle

Depending upon overall group size we will use either a 9-seat or a 12-seat safari style vehicle. These vehicles are custom made by our local partner and designed for the rigours of long distance off-road travel in Namibia, which at times can be bumpy and dusty! The picture to the right is of an option of our 12-seat safari style vehicle. Please note that the vehicles and equipment may vary from that shown in the pictures according to availability.

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.
 

Flight Code Departing Arriving
BA 0057 London Heathrow (LHR) 21:25 Johannesburg OR Tambo (JNB) 09:15
BA 6275 Johannesburg OR Tambo (JNB) 12:00 Windhoek Airport (WDH) 14:00
BA 6274 Windhoek Airport (WDH) 15:05 Johannesburg OR Tambo (JNB) 16:55
BA 0056 Johannesburg OR Tambo (JNB) 20:15 London Heathrow (LHR) 05:25

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com 

For this tour UK passport holders do not currently require a visa for Namibia.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Cape Town

Instead of flying home from Windhoek, head down to Cape Town for a few days R&R and fly home from there.

Victoria Falls

Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya “The Smoke That Thunders” from either the Zambian or Zimbabwean side.

Botswana

Float in a mokoro on the waterways of the Okavango Delta and/or go elephant spotting in Chobe National Park

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

Namibia has a dry climate typical of a semi-desert country.  Days in May are usually warm to hot (20-30C) whilst nights are generally cooler (5-12C).  This tour travels after the rains.

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour, as many of the activities are optional.

Road Conditions, Distance & Comfort: Namibia is a large country and you will be covering a lot of ground on this tour. As a result there will be a number of long drive days spent in the tour vehicle. Please note the road conditions vary from bitumen to rutted, bumpy and corrugated piste. If the unsurfaced roads have not been graded for a while it can be uncomfortable for some stretches if you aren’t used to travelling off-road. However, your Tour Leader will take the opportunity to stop for a leg-stretch whenever possible and you will be rewarded with some spectacular scenery!

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.

On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. If you choose to purchase the Wild Frontiers bespoke policy through Travel & General (currently available to UK residents only) then please note for this trip the minimum required level of cover will be the Standard policy. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £500 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 10408 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

INSPIRATION

WF SIGNATURE VIDEO

In this short film Wild Frontiers founder and MD explains the ethos behind the award-winning travel company.

REVIEWS OF THIS TRIP